Wednesday, December 11, 2019


A Bundle of Prejudices

Charles Lamb (1775-1834), "Imperfect Sympathies," Elia and The Last Essays of Elia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987), pp. 66-74 (at 67):
I confess that I do feel the differences of mankind, national or individual, to an unhealthy excess. I can look with no indifferent eye upon things or persons. Whatever is, is to me a matter of taste or distaste; or when once it becomes indifferent, it begins to be disrelishing. I am, in plainer words, a bundle of prejudices — made up of likings and dislikings — the veriest thrall to sympathies, apathies, antipathies.

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